Police slaying of Maine murder suspect is ruled legal

LAMOINE, Maine — A State Police tactical team member who fatally shot an armed man who had just killed the man’s father and uncle met the legal requirements for use of deadly force, even though he never told the man to drop his weapon in the fast-paced sequence of events, the attorney general’s office said Friday.

Detective Randall Keaten opened fire, without time for voice commands, when he encountered ­Leon Tilden running down a trail, possibly attempting to flank other members of the tactical team, ­after the shootings early on Oct. 23, according to a report by the attorney general.


The report described chaotic moments after the 27-year-old Tilden allegedly shot his father, Robert Tilden, and his uncle, Russell Pinkham, both 50, whose bodies were found outside his father’s home.

Tilden was eventually spotted, armed with a shotgun and running into the woods, as law enforcement officials searched for him.

When he was shot, he was holding the shotgun and he had a handgun with several loaded magazines; a sawed-off shotgun also was found on the ground nearby, the report said.

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